It’s a pleasure to see that some of you feel able to give us feedback on what we do and communicate amongst each other on the forum. We always keep an eye on it and we try our best to get the most out of what you say. I just want to highlight that while most of it is constructive, some people here are clearly just negative and do not want to establish a dialogue.
I have been involved in the Warwick Rowers project for almost 4 years now, and I am still involved even though I graduated back in July. I can’t tell you how many hours of the past 4 years of my life have gone into trying to better this project, to greater the positive impact it has on society, make interaction with our supporters easier, as well as posing naked. While posing naked may look the easiest, remember that we (contributors) are all exposing ourselves here, voluntarily and for the good cause. We’re all young men with different ambitions & aspirations, and they don’t always coincide with baring all to break down gender stereotype, homophobia in sport and the heteronormative society. We do it because it’s something close our heart and we believe that we can make a difference.
I am not telling you this so you all get on your knees to say thank you, but so you can be considerate when you write to us or about us on this forum and also in direct communication with support. We appreciate we are not perfect, we appreciate what we do doesn’t always deliver the best outcome possible for each of you and it’s why we have created this forum, so we can have a more constructive dialogue with our supporters. This forum is not a place for bullying others or bullying us. This campaign is also about acceptance and anti-bullying, so please be aware that when you’re writing here, we read everything and some of the negative comments have been quite discouraging instead of constructive.
I also want to take this opportunity to thank you all for the support you have given for our 10th anniversary campaign, it’s not over yet, but we’re thrilled with some of the positive feedback we have received so far and it can only make us excited for what’s to come.
Wishing you all my very best for 2019,